Roger Federer is regarded as one of the greatest players, if not the greatest, to ever grace a tennis court. He has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name, more than any other male player, and held the number one ranking spot for 237 consecutive weeks. This year’s US Open is his 56th successive appearance in a Grand Slam, equalling the record of Wayne Ferreira, but his fourth-round loss to Tommy Robredo came as a surprise to few. Along with the second-round loss to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon and the slide to seventh in the rankings, many in the tennis world are asking whether we are seeing the end of Roger Federer as a major force in the sport.
I remember watching a teenage Andy Murray taking David Nalbandian to five sets all the way back in 2005. He clearly had talent, and his fitness was lacking, some did wonder at the time if he had the potential to some day win the prestigious tournament. A lot has changed since then, but at 5.25pm on Sunday 7th July 2013, Andy Murray finally ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men’s champion. After two weeks of shocks, excitement and high-quality tennis, Murray took the title by stunning the world Number 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.